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Frederick Owens
September 18, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a meeting with the emir of Qatar Friday that Doha's crisis with Gulf neighbours will only be resolved through quiet diplomacy.

Qatar's ruling emir met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday on his first trip overseas since a diplomatic crisis erupted between the tiny Gulf nation and its neighbors, and the German leader voiced "great concern" that no end to the conflict is in sight.

Since Amnesty International a year ago accused Qatar of using "forced labour", Doha said it has made significant steps to improve workers' welfare in pay, accommodation and on-site safety.

"We are all fighting terrorism to ensure security but we must focus on the roots and causes of terrorism", he said while observing that there may be differences with some Arab countries in identifying the roots of terrorism.

In its annual Country Report on Terrorism 2016, the US State Department has praised the "full partnership" between the US and Qatar in the fight against terrorism, highlighting the public role of Doha in the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS.

Emmanuel Macron also had a conversation with Emir, the President left the Elysée Palace without speaking to the press.

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During his discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the Emir discussed the latest developments in the Gulf crisis and ways to solve it through diplomatic channels.

"The four Arab nations are open to dialogue with Qatar when it sticks to implementing the 13 demands", Shoukry added. Macron's office said, Paris backs diplomatic efforts led by Kuwait, a key mediator in the crisis.

"We support a resolution of the crisis through a brotherly manner and through dialogue", Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan's spokesman, told reporters.

Last month, Qatar's National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) engaged the US-based Financial Integrity Network (FIN) as its principal strategic adviser for enhancing the country's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) system.

"We have a crisis, the government of Qatar has to admit it", al-Hail said.

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